A Magnificent Beast

13 May

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Wandering across The Gower Peninsula hunting megaliths, we encountered this magnificent beast in a field in Knelston, also known as the Burry standing stone. I used white, sanguine and black conté crayon, drawing en plein air into my A4 brown Kraft paper sketchbook. The bear’s paw holding the sketchbook is one of my Xmas furry fingerless gloves which are dead useful for sketching on chilly days, a most useful prezzy from my sister.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

TROUBLEMAKERS!!!

12 May

I’m going to be doing some street art with The Plebeian Scribblers and The Plebeian Printmakers as part of Volcano’s Troublemakers arts festival July 13th – 16th 2017. For the past two summers, The Plebeian Scribblers have been an integral part of “A FAB Intervention”, a one-day street event in Bath’s City Centre during the annual Fringe Arts Bath so it’s great that we can bring it back to our home town this summer. Here’s some of the drawings I did in Bath below.

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I will be working with urban scribblers Chris Harrendence, Patricia McKenna-Jones and Melvyn Williams to deliver three sessions of 30 minutes of structured street drawings which will be digitally recorded and blogged.

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But with an added twist, the following day we’ll be inviting local printmakers to join us to take prints from metal structures like manhole covers in High Street, inspired by the Berlin Raubdruckerin collective. I’ll be posting more as we get the plans firmed up ……

 

NAME OF EVENT: The Plebeian Scribblers

NAME OF ORGANISING ARTIST: Rose Davies / Rosie Scribblah

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Following two years successful street drawing events at Fringe Arts Bath, these experienced street scribblers travel the length of High Street drawing what they see into their sketchbooks.

DATE: Saturday 15th July

TIMES:13.00 – 13.30 / 14.00 – 14.30 / 15.00 – 15.30

VENUE/LOCATION:Upper High Street / Mid High Street / Lower High Street

COST: No cost – street event

 

NAME OF EVENT: The Plebeian Printmakers

NAME OF ORGANISING ARTIST: Rose Davies / Rosie Scribblah

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Inspired by Berlin’s “Raubdruckerin collective”, printmakers from Swansea Print Workshop will travel along High Street printing from metal structures like manhole covers and posting them in the new graffiti tunnel.

DATE: Sunday 16th July

TIMES: 13.00 – 15.30

VENUE/LOCATION: Along High Street and The Graffiti Tunnel

COST: No cost – street event

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Old School Panorama

11 May

Rhossili 3

And here’s the third drawing I did from Cefn Bryn en plein air last week, while I was tramping the Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape of The Gower Peninsula with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams. The three drawings form a panoramic view, which is how they were done before digital cameras and smartphones.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Windy

10 May

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Here’s another of my recent sketches en plein air in the ancient Neolithic / Bronze Age landscape across South Wales. Most of the drawings I’ve done on my travels over the last year or so have been quite large, but last week it was so windy that I decided to work into my A4 brown paper sketchbook and I liked it so much I might just carry on for a while. This is part of the landscape around the magnificent Arthur’s Stone / Maen Ceti on Cefn Bryn on The Gower Peninsula. I sketched very quickly because of the high wind which forced me to focus on the essentials of the scene instead of getting bogged down in detail.

Tramping!

9 May

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I’m back to tramping the countryside again, drawing en plein air with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams, studying megaliths in South Wales. We’re focusing on The Gower Peninsula at the moment and our first stop was Cefn Bryn, not to look at the magnificent Arthur’s Stone / Maen Ceti, which we did a couple of weeks ago, but for Dewi to take his measurements around the many simple stone cairns that litter the area around it. I have to be honest and say that sometimes there isn’t much of artistic merit to a pile of stones and so I try and capture the ancient landscape that surrounds the prehistoric monuments. I used white, sanguine and black conté crayons into my A4 brown paper sketchbook. It was ferociously windy, too much for larger sheets of paper on my portable drawing board.

 

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Oh I Wish!

8 May

Oh I wish

When I tell people that I go out regularly drawing en plein air, a common reaction is, “Oh how lovely! Tripping about the countryside in the sunshine doing some nice little drawings“. OH! I! WISH!

Here’s the reality. A photo of the minimum kit I need for my forays into the wild places of South Wales with pre-historian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams. From the left: portable drawing board; satchel containing drawing materials, sketchbook, masking tape, fingerless gloves, wet wipes, toilet roll (in case), mobile phone, purse, spectacles, sunglasses; sturdy walking boots; waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers; hat; rucksack with food and water for humans and snackage for wild ponies; portfolio with prepared papers and canvasses. That’s what I cart up mountains, across bogs and through streams so that I can do my art out in the fresh air instead of in a nice warm cosy studio.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

The Final Proof – For Now

7 May

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Here are the last cuts I made on my new vinyl block that I carved during my gallery-sitting session at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir last weekend. I spent the day designing, cutting and proof printing and took it up to this, the fourth cut and print and for now, the final proof. I printed with a cheap water-based ink onto cartridge paper and I now need to try it out with top quality materials before I decide whether it needs more cutting. But I’m inclined at the moment to say that less is more…..

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I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

The Third Cut

6 May

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Another bit of cutting and here’s my third proof of the linocut I’m developing, based on original drawings of ancient monuments in South Wales. It’s getting there, but I think I need to cut away more of the sky, so that’ll be the next stage.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Proof Printing

5 May

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I made the first cuts on my new vinyl block (while I was gallery-sitting at The Workers Gallery last weekend) and took a proof print. The first print off a new block always seems to be a bit ropey (it’s the one at the bottom right of the photo), so I took a second proof which had a better ink coverage (top right). I used a plastic baren and cartridge paper. The quality isn’t particularly good because I used a cheap-ish water-based ink and a cheap roller (brayer), but it’s good enough for proofing. The purpose of taking a proof print is to see if you need to do more cuts on the block, or to try out different inks or papers. It’s the period of experimentation. I did some more cutting because I want a lighter upper half, and then I took another proof (on the left). It’s okay, but I want to cut even more away ……… more tomorrow …….

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

And Goodnight zzzzzzzz

4 May

Mari May

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop and I’m tired. Goodnight 🙂 zzzzzzz zzzzzzz zzzzzzz

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